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Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem Exclusive Ghost Hunts



Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire


Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem sits eerily in the shadow of Nottingham Castle. Said to date back to 1189 AD in the reign of Richard the Lionheart, the pub lays its claim to being oldest inn in England. Originally a brewhouse for Nottingham Castle with the caves in Castle Rock dating back to the Norman Conquest, this foreboding and dark building houses many spirits not of the drinking kind. From the ghost of former pub landlord 'Yorkey', a tall shadowman, poltergeist activity and a cursed galleon in which 3-4 people have reportedly died shortly after trying to clean and touch it. Are you brave enough to spend a night at the haunted Trip?



Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is a historic Grade II listed pub located in the Castle Quarter of Nottingham. It's acclaimed to being the oldest pub/inn in England, establishing itself in 1189 AD. The Trip is partially built into Castle Rock in the shadow of Nottingham Castle, and is greatly associated with the legendary outlaw Robin Hood and Richard the Lionheart given his reign as King of England began in the same year. Originally the caves were used as a brewhouse or malthouse for Nottingham Castle, halling barrels of ale, beer and wine up to a hundred feet or more up above the building with a pulley system, with some theories suggesting this as early as 1068 when the Castle was first built.


The pub features many rooms and areas with unique and interesting names. Half of them have been carved into the sandstone walls of Castle Rock, which dates back more than a thousand years.


The oldest known parts of the current building were constructed some time between 1650-1660, but a map created by English Cartographer and Historian John Speed shows that an older building was on this site in 1610. The building was used as a coaching inn in 1751 when it was called 'The Pilgrim', but was later renamed to 'Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem' in 1799. Many people believe the pub was named these because pilgrims made trips to Jerusalem from this point onwards. However, the definition of 'Trip' or 'Trypp' has changed over time and centuries ago the word meant a stop or rest on a journey, rather than taking a journey from, so the likes of Crusaders, Pilgrims and other travellers would take a rest here on their way to the Holy Land.


One of the key rooms of The Trip is Mortimer's Hole, which is also referred to as the Museum Room. During the early 14th Century, Edward II's wife Queen Isabella (known as The She-Wolf of France) was unhappy in her marriage because Edward had a fondness for men. She went to France and met a man called Sir Roger Mortimer who she fell in love with, and both of them hatched a plan to remove Edward II from the English throne and to have him killed. They then ruled 'de facto' for Isabella's son, the 14-year old Edward III, until he was of age to rule as King. Edward sent an army after Mortimer at Nottingham Castle through the caves there. Both Mortimer and Isabella were caught together; she was imprisoned and he was executed on the block. The cave leading up from The Trip to Nottingham Castle is now sealed, but the bottom of the cave is now a room which is sometimes called Mortimer's Hole.


One of the famous families to own Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem was the Ward family, who ran the pub from 1894 to 1989. But before the Ward family had more presence at the pub, George Henry Ward who was commonly referred to as 'Yorkey' was landlord of The Trip from 1849 until his death in 1914. In the Haunted Snug hangs a black and white photograph of a lady, believed to be Ada G. Etherington-Ward who ran the pub with her family in the late 19th Century.


The pub also features one of England's oldest inn games called 'Ringing The Bull', which legend states it originated from the Crusades in Jerusalem. The way to play and win the game is to hold and aim a piece of hanging rope with a ring on the end of it, and swing the ring forward to hook it on a bull's horn on the other side of the room. If you hook the ring to the bull's horn, you win.



Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem is renowned for being the most haunted pub in Nottingham, and has captured the eyes of the press, ghost hunters and tourists from around the world.


The apparition of a tall shadow man known as 'The Figure in Black' has often been seen rushing around the pub spooking drinkers and staff. It's unknown who this figure is; some say he's a former drinker who regularly visited the pub, and some say he's a black knight (a knight who committed misdeeds and is stripped of any heraldry, hence seen by people in all black).


Perhaps The Trip's most famous ghost is the ghost of George H. Ward aka Yorkey. Yorkey's ghost has often been seen sitting in the lounge named after him, as well as playing practical jokes on staff and tourists in the cellars like making loud noises and pulling at people's clothes, which is very in-line to his character when he was alive.


In the Rock Lounge upstairs lies The Cursed Galleon, an old, dirty antique ship. The true origins of this Galleon is not documented, but the story goes that it was brought into the pub about 300 years ago and was hung on the ceiling downstairs near the bar. Some time after when the cobwebs, dust and dirt was getting too much, the landlord at the time went to clean it, but within a year he became ill and died. Two other landlords over the years had also attempted to clean the Galleon, but again fell ill and died soon after. Eventually 30 years ago, a cleaner decided to take the Galleon down and preserve it in a display box which now hangs above the bar in the Rock Lounge. A few weeks later, she also became very ill and sadly passed away. Another version of the story claims a dark witch visited the pub one day and put a curse on the Galleon forbidding anyone from touching it. The Cursed Galleon is certainly a mystery, but will the spirits of The Trip help us to solve it?


The Trip also houses another mysterious antique which currently lies downstairs in Yorkey's Lounge. This antique is known as the 'Pregnancy Chair'. It is claimed that any woman who sits in the chair will significantly increase her chances of becoming pregnant. However with so many women having sat in this chair over the decades, it is sadly unstable for anyone to now sit in it (sorry ladies).


Another spirit sensed in this pub is the female energy of Ada G. Etherington-Ward. Her spirit is commonly felt in the Snug where her portrait hangs, as it's believed it was her bedroom and where she passed away in her sleep. People often hear taps and knocks in this room, as well as the ticking and chiming of the grandfather clock despite the fact it doesn't work, and the sounds of growling have also been heard in this room, which could be attributed to one of the pub's former pet dogs.


And in the pub's notorious cellars is a dark and sinister glimpse into Nottingham's medieval past. In one area of the Cellars was where a cockfighting pit once was, while in another area sits the remains of a condemned cell which was once part of Nottingham Castle's Gaol. This area still features an old rustic cell door, and just outside of it carved out of the sandstone is the original gaoler's seat. Down here is where many people feel cold spots and ghostly hands touching them, terrifying male voices, light anomalies and eerie footsteps on the sandstone floor.


Other paranormal activity reported here includes a little girl who plays on the stairs leading up from the downstairs bar to the Rock Lounge, disembodied footsteps and voices, harrowing screams heard as well as poltergeist activity like glasses and coasters being moved, the 'Ringing The Bull' rope swinging on its own, and the strange auditory phenomena of glasses being smashed, despite no glasses being broken.


Your night of ghost hunting with Brookes Paranormal is guaranteed a fun, safe and spooky one. Experience this historic location with exclusive access after dark, as you explore the eerie rooms and areas in search for the ghostly spirits that haunt here. Here at Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, you will get to investigate the Rock Lounge, the Museum Room/Mortimer's Hole, Yorkey's Lounge, the Haunted Snug, the Ward Room, the Chimney Alcove and the Spooky Cellars.

Our team are friendly, professional, approachable and knowledgeable with paranormal investigating, and we will guide and support you to make sure you get the most out of your investigation. We welcome everyone from all walks of life, as our events are a safe space for all who love and enjoy the thrill of ghost hunting. Whether you're a paranormal novice or an experienced investigator, you'll be well-looked after and treated like family.

This is an honest ghost hunting experience, so there won't be any fakery or trickery during the night. We believe that if activity happens, it happens for real.

On your ghost hunt, you will be split into smaller groups to give you the best, personal experience possible. You will also get hands on with various pieces of ghost hunting equipment and participate in interesting paranormal experiments.
​ While we encourage everyone
to get involved in the night's vigils, you don't have to partake in experiments like Ouija Boards and the Estes Method if you don't
want to, we have plenty of other equipment for you to use.

You will also have a break during the night, where we provide you with unlimited refreshments and snacks.



  • Group photo of all guests which gets published to our page

  • Small group extended vigils

  • Refreshments and snacks like teas, coffees, hot chocolates,
    bottles of water, biscuits, crisps and chocolate bars

  • Full use of ghost hunting equipment like K2s, EMF Meters,
    REM Pods, Mel Meters, Spirit Boxes, Motion Detectors,
    Dowsing Rods, Laser Grid Pens, ITC Apps and SLS Cameras

  • Paranormal experiments like Ouija Boards, Glass Divination,
    Table Tipping, S
    éances, Estes Method and Human Pendulum

  • An introduction to ghost hunting equipment and techniques
    for guests new to the paranormal


  • All attendees MUST be 18 years or older

  • Heavily pregnant women are NOT allowed on these events

  • This location is NOT wheelchair accessible

  • This location has NO sleepover facilities

  • We operate a STRICT No Alcohol/Drugs Policy on our events, and if caught or believed to be under the influence of any alcohol or drugs, you will be removed from the event immediately and banned from all future events - No refunds

  • All attendees MUST bring a torch to the event, as we will be investigating in dark areas and low light conditions

  • Sensible footwear is required for the location's environmental conditions

  • In the colder months we advise to wear warm layered clothing, and bring a warm coat with you as the night will get cooler as the event progresses

  • History tours are NOT provided at this location, but we will talk briefly on the location's past

  • Ouija Boards are brought to events at this location, however we don't force you to take part in them

  • Please ensure you are able to attend this event; deposits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and full payments and remaining balances are non-refundable and non-transferable
    four weeks prior to the event date


ADDRESS: Ye Olde Trip To Jerusalem, 1 Brewhouse Yard, Castle Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 6AD

EVENT TIMES: Midnight - 5:00am (arrive at 11:45pm and wait patiently outside until a member of our team greets and registers you at the door. You can arrive earlier should you want a meal at the pub before the investigation, but note that the Kitchen closes at 8:00pm)


  • Castle Road Parking

  • NCP Nottingham Maid Marian Way Car Park

  • Local Street Parking

Please note parking charges may apply.

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